Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas les Terres Brulees 2009
Jean-Luc Colombo was born in Marseilles and originally trained as a pharmacist but in 1986 he bought the 8 hectare 'Les Ruchots ' vineyard in the Cornas appellation.He still lives on that estate,which is now organic, with his wife Anne and daughter Lauren but his business has expanded considerably as he now owns vineyards in many Rhone valley and Languedoc appellations and also operates as a consultant and negociant..
Funky, barnyardy nose/ Salty, savory charcuterie aromas with dark blue and black fruits. Crushed stone. Iron. Lush on the palate with peppery black and blue fruit, along with some purple fruits. Sage and herb-infused flavors and savory notes. Rich and lush and endures nicely. Ends on a roasty tone. 89 pts. 3/9/13
Nose filled with peppery, bramble fruit and grilled tones. On the palate, those aromas turn to flavors along with scorched earth and a hint of hazelnut. Feels light on the palate, but has powerful flavors. It also seems gritty, but isn't. Strong tannin. Big and flavorful. 2/4/12
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas les Terres Brulees
Hailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques. The result? A more accessible style of Rhône Valley wines, reflecting an exuberance of fruit and depth of expression and showcasing the full potential of the Syrah grape when grown in the unique terroir of Cornas. Through his intense dedication, Colombo has brought the wines of Cornas into the international limelight. The company now embraces wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Production Area Rhone Valley, France From 30-year-old+ vines from 20 different plots on the steep granite slopes (15-30°) of the Rhône Valley’s right bank. The altitudes are between 820 – 1,100 ft. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. The yield is 30 hl/ha. Grape Varieties 100% Syrah Vinification Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. Fermentation takes places in stainless steel tanks for a period of 10 days at an average temperature of 69°F. Post fermentation maceration lasts a period of 10 days at a temperature of 82°F. The wine is then aged for 21 months in oak barrels (15% new, 85% 1- to 4-year old). When ready for bottling, the wine is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. Color A deep ruby-black with purple hints Bouquet Blackcurrant, dark cherries and blackberries, with spices, licorice and cocoa. Taste A very rich mouthfeel with flavors of black fruit, jam, vanilla, spice and mineral notes. The wine has firm tannins and a long lasting finish. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Excellent with game, beef, lamb, barbecue foods, roasted pork and a variety of other hearty dishes.
Terres Brulées Cornas 2011 - 90 points, International Wine Cellar/ Inky ruby. Powerful aromas of blueberry, blackberry, woodsmoke and peppery spices. The palate offers energetic flavors of fresh dark berries, black pepper an candied violet, with a hint of olive in the background. Rich yet graceful and focused, with a smoky, floral finish and supple even tannins.
Terres Brulées Cornas 2011 - 92 points, Wine Spectator/ Features a juicy edge, with bramble and anise notes lining the core of plum, red currant and raspberry fruit. Enticing spice details and a flicker of bay move through the finish.
Cornas Terres Brulees 2010 - 93 points, The Rhone Report/ A gorgeous Cornas...awesomely perfumed and intense with aromas and flavor of black raspberry, perfumed wild flowers, bacon fat, and leather all soaring from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, rich and also elegant, it has a seamless texture, knockout freshness and purity, and a great finish. It will have upwards of 12-15 years of longevity.
Terres Brulees Cornas 2010 - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Colombo’s entry-level Cornas is a reliable bottling whose high quality reflects the impact of the 2010 vintage. It’s full bodied and richly textured, with notes of tar, espresso and tapenade that linger through the velvety finish.
Cornas Terres Brulees 2010 - 91 points, International Wine Cellar/ Exotic aromas and flavors of dark berry liqueur, all spices and candied flowers. Sappy, penetrating and energetic, with silky texture and a touch of brighter red fruits on the back end. Tannins come on late and add grip to a long, subtly smoky finish.
Terres Brulees Cornas 2010 - 90 points, Wine & Spirits/ Blended from several plots ranging from 20 to 60 years old, this is sweet and bright,with jazzy acidity lifting the dark, gravelly fruit. Its polished but not shiny, an inviting introduction to a region known for formidable wines – and yet one that will last well over the next decade.
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Color: Deep red, almost inky colour. Nose: Aromas of red fruit mixed with those of blackberries, and spices take on a hint of tabacco and liquorice. Palate: On the palate, the spicy side comes through showing its richness and concentration. Persistent aromas of red fruit and liquorice add an elegance to the structure built upon fine tannins.
Aged 18 months in French Oak.
Notes: The wine is matured for 18 months in one year old barrels.